Archive | November, 2014

Call for Papers — RWJF New Connections: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

11 Nov

 Reproductive justice

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Understudied Populations in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, an independent, peer-reviewed journal of the Guttmacher Institute interested in diversity. This special section will be devoted to exploring the sexual and reproductive health needs of understudied populations (e.g., teenagers, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, socioeconomically disadvantaged men and women, individuals with disabilities, incarcerated persons, homeless men and women, military personnel and transgender people) and others whose distinctive situations have been largely overlooked in the literature and in the policy and service arenas. Original research and review articles (with a maximum length of 6,000 words), as well as commentaries (up to 3,500 words) will be considered. Deadline for submission is January 31, 2015. To view our author guidelines, go to


Registration Still Open For: 2014 Society for the Analysis of African- American Public Health Issues Annual Meeting

11 Nov

The 2014 Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium  meeting will feature a variety of scientific and keynote  sessions focused on our annual theme of  “Healthography: The Relationship of Place & Health throughout the African Diaspora” Come join us and hear from researchers, local community memmbers, and students about the relationship between place and health and the impact of this on the health of Africans in and across the African Diaspora. We look forward to meeting you…bring your business cards for some great networking opportunities! Please feel free to contact us at for more information!


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CURRENT RESEARCH: Low vitamin D may be related to antibody levels and disease activity in children with lupus

11 Nov

New research published in Clinical Rheumatology found that children with systemic lupus erythematosus who have low vitamin D levels have increased disease activity and antibody levels.

Researchers out of Saudi Arabia recently recruited 28 children with lupus to study how vitamin D related to antibody levels and disease activity.

The researchers conducted an analysis of the baseline measurements. They found that vitamin D was inversely associated with disease activity and number of antibodies, meaning that higher vitamin D status was related to decreased disease activity and antibody count.

Vitamin D3 and calcium supplementation suggested a causal role for vitamin D in improving the health of lupus patients. After 3 months of supplementation, 17 patients had improved disease activity and antibody count.

“Disease activity of childhood lupus is probably linked with low serum vitamin D levels,” concluded the researchers.